Curiosity Rover Skids Away from Unexpected Sand Trap

August 19, 2014 4:57 PM

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Curiosity Rover Skids Away from Unexpected Sand Trap

Treacherous sands became an unexpected obstacle for NASA's Curiosity rover in July, and now the Mars traveler has been forced to change course, targeting a new geological formation for the next stage of its survey mission.

Photos released by NASA reveal exactly what you might have expected. Rover tracks mar the wavy and sun-bleached sands of the Red Planet, with deep, back-and-forth patterns reminiscent of a car stuck in the mud.

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